Carrie Ohannes started her career in investments and later changed to teaching, earning her M.A.T. from NLU in 2014.
Working on Wall Street in the demanding world of high finance is not the usual path to becoming a teacher in low-income, high-need urban schools. But it sure worked for Carrie Ohannes, who received one of the 2017 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Ohannes, who completed her NLU Master of Arts in Teaching in 2014, has racked up a list of accomplishments in her three years teaching middle-grades English and Language Arts at Dvorak School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side. One such accomplishment is that over two years, 90% of her students improved their NWEA scores. Continue reading
Members of National Louis University’s 2016 cohort in the Community Psychology Ph.D. program pose at the beginning of term.
A quick glance around NLU’s Ph.D. program in Community Psychology begins to explain why it was singled out for praise among similar programs around the nation. It has been lauded with the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association’s division governing community psychology.
That’s the highest honor a community psychology doctoral program can receive.
Within the program, one student reinterpreted perceptions of how girls become victims of human trafficking, subjugated by pimps at a young age. Another student worked with financial literacy, trying to move low-income minority residents from a “pay fees but get money today” mindset to a “save for tomorrow” approach. Continue reading
Sarasota County School District Teacher of the Year William “BJ” Ivey, a double NLU alum, is shown at the awards banquet with his mother Jo, left, and wife Samantha, both also teachers.
With 52 schools and nearly 4,800 teachers, competition to win the Teacher of the Year award in the Sarasota County (Florida) School District is tremendous.
In February, National Louis University alum William “BJ” Ivey was named one of three finalists, and at an April 5 school district banquet, he topped the competition to become Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. Continue reading
What’s the proper response when a French teacher, and NLU student, wins the Illinois Education Association’s Bob Haisman Teacher of the Year Award? “Toute nos felicitations,” (congratulations), or even a simple “tres bien” (very good) will do.
Stephanie Hortsman, who is pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University, received the award on March 30 at an annual IEA event in front of 1,200 people at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Continue reading
NLU alum Andrea Beaty was teaching in her fourth-grade classroom recently when officials from the Golden Apple Foundation arrived to present her with the prestigious 2017 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Beaty, who was surprised and emotional upon receiving the award, teaches fourth grade English and Language Arts, science, social studies, math, and social emotional learning at Serena Hills Elementary School in Chicago Heights, Ill. in the South suburbs. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education at National Louis University. Continue reading
NLU doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame.
When doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into the City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame recently, it brought the number of National Louis University students who have received that honor to three. All–including previous inductees Christina Smith and Gaylon Alcaraz--are pursuing their Ph.Ds in NLU’s Community Psychology program.
Seledon actually received two Hall of Fame awards this year. The first was for more than two decades of leadership in organizations that empower and support women, Latinas and the LGBT community. The second was as a founding member of the non-profit Amigas Latinas, which was also inducted in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded National Louis a $3.6 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant and a $1.2 million TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Grant.
The HSI Grant is a Department of Education grant which assists schools in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students. NLU received it in conjunction with Morton College in west suburban Cicero, Illinois, for Project CREST (CoenRollmEnt for Stem), a partnership project with the goal of increasing Hispanic enrollment and graduation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related programs. Continue reading
NLU student Nancy Zhu received the Lincoln Laureate award for her academic achievement and contributions in a ceremony Nov. 12 in Springfield, Illinois.
Zhu, a senior who will graduate in June with a B.A. in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement, has a 3.75 GPA. She also serves as treasurer for Debate team, and as vice-president in the National Society of Leadership and Success, NLU’s honor society. Continue reading
2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)
If lightbulbs actually went on over people’s heads like they do in cartoons, the one over the head of Todd Burleson ’98 would be blindingly bright. Burleson has created not only a new concept, but a new word to go with it: Libratory, a library that blends into a laboratory, maker space, place to encourage creativity and hub of design thinking.
For his creation, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing have recognized Burleson with their School Librarian of the Year award. Continue reading
Provost Alison Hilsabeck, from left, Board Chairman Scott Smith, Craig Cunningham, Virginia Jagla, Ursula Pawlowski, Roy Kaelin, Aggie Hanni, Joel Henshaw and President Nivine Megahed pose after awards were presented.
Hundreds of National Louis University faculty and staff waited with anticipation on Sept. 8 to learn who would win this year’s awards for faculty and staff excellence.
Prof. Dan Buckman, Ed.D., a past winner of the Teaching Award of Excellence, announced the winners at the Fall Connections gathering, a kickoff to the fall quarter.
The Faculty Awards of Excellence recognize NLU full-time and adjunct faculty in the areas of teaching, service, and research. Continue reading